WELCOME TO MECCANOMAN.

Sorry THE CHECKOUT is now CLOSED, but we OPEN AGAIN at 8.30am, Sunday 27th October, through to Monday 28th 'til late.

Then, 8.30am, Sunday 24th November, through to Monday 25th 'til late.

And Sunday (only) 8.30am 8th December 'til late. (All UK times)

 Due to a large purchase we've been able to add lots of BULK DISCOUNT deals on standard ZINC STRIPS 2 to 49 holes. Check them out!

And recently added a range of original Dark Blue Girders in V.G. to MINT condition. 

Though we have spoken about retirement, we still have huge stocks (including thinning my personal collection). Reducing our travelling commitments has improved our work/life balance, so we've decided it's business as usual, health permitting, for the time being. 

Website stock availability is continuously updated, so we can virtually always supply everything you order. If on the odd occasion we get caught out, we automatically refund you, unless there's an apropriate substitute.  

Please Note; we will hapilly take orders at ANYTIME for collection at Dunmow, or at meetings we attend. (Please see "attended meetings") Just email or post a scan of the "What's in my Cart" page showing all quantities, prices and options shown rtc.

SEE OUR "SUICIDAL" BULK DEALS on BRAND NEW PRECISION 3H BRASS COUPLINGS, SHINY NEW ZINC/  NICKEL WASHERS, EM1b MOTORS and BRIGHT ZINC NUTS AND BOLTS.  

Please also see our Product InformationFAQs and Attended Meetings page.

Disposing of your Meccano? We still buy suitable collections so we have Meccano "essentials" for our customers. We particularly want the non standard compatible parts we sell. Please email us with pictures and we will respond promptly with a fair offer.

FAQs

Why do we shut down the website so often?
This is a small family operation and it’s only me (Dave Taylor) actually processing the orders. Picking and packing Meccano is very time consuming and if we left the website on continuously we could never keep up. Because we are well established and our website punches well above its weight, we now receive as many orders as we can possibly cope with in a very short period of opening. Apart from processing orders we also prepare for/attend exhibitions and club meetings, chase all over the UK for Meccano collections, then spend hours/days/weeks sorting them. Ordering and checking off parts from suppliers is very time consuming, as is updating the website, plus all the dozens of other tasks involved with a business.

So why don’t you employ staff?
Good question; We operate from home and there’s not really enough room, so we would have to find premises, with all the extra costs and extra work that would entail. To cover the cost of staff and premises we would need to considerably increase our turnover, which would mean having to register (and pay) VAT. So unless we increased the size of the business exponentially we would only make the same profit for much more investment, work and risk. It is also doubtfull that sufficient new and second hand stock could be obtained for a larger operation. Enlarging the  business is not going to happen as I already work long hours and I'm past retirement age. While I’m not planning to stop yet, I do have to get a sensible work/life balance.

If you are getting more orders than you can cope with should you increase prices?
That would be an option and in any case inflation, constantly increasing cost of new supplies and other overheads does make this necessary sometimes. However, as a Meccano enthusiast myself, I genuinely want to do my bit to keep our hobby alive and have no desire to rip off my freinds!
So I’m afraid we are stuck with regulating sales by switching off the checkout, so we can catch up and dare I say it, have an occasional break.

So please be patient. We are doing our best!

Why does the the total cost sometimes vary by a penny or two?

This is because we once had to do a blanket perecentage price change, which introduced hidden amounts to 4 places of decimal! This can cause totals to vary slightly for no apparent reason! Sorry, there are far too many prices to round down individually, so I just change them when I access them for other reasons, this task is now nearly complete, so the problem now rareluy occurs.

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